How Police Catch Possessors of Child Pornography
One of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes across the country is possession of child pornography. Florida lawmakers have even passed a motion to increase the sentence if the illicit material depicts children under the age of five. Child pornography is an extremely serious crime that can land the defendant five years in prison per image in possession.
Child Pornography Possession in Hollywood
A Hollywood, Fla. man is facing some serious time in prison after officers with a South Florida task force arrested him on Wednesday for possessing more than 700 images of child pornography on his home computer. According to WPTV News, members of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force forced their way into the home of Charlie Kramer and his housemate Harve Michael White, 58, with a search warrant.
Charlie Kramer lives in the house but was not arrested. According to Kramer, White rents a room in the house, moved in about a month ago, and mostly keeps to himself. He stated he had no idea White had such images on his computer. The police held everyone at gunpoint while they searched computers. During the search, police discovered more than 700 images depicting children as young as 2 engaging in sexual activity, said Hollywood Police spokesman Lt. Norris Redding.
Police said they arrested White, at the house without incident and that he had been a task force target for more than a month. State records show White served five years’ probation after a 1991 arrest on a sexual battery charge.
White is not listed in the state sex offender database.
Child Pornography and the Law
Possession of child pornography is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison per image. Internet child pornography is an extremely serious violation of the law and human decency. Generally, police use IP address routing to investigate violators. Any experienced criminal defense lawyer will tell you however, that police need a search warrant to retrieve the images from your property in order for the evidence to be admissible in court. If you have been charged with a crime as serious as possession of child pornography, you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer immediately about your case.